Roles and responsibilities in stem cell research: a focus group study with stem cell researchers and patients

Lars S. Assen*, Karin R. Jongsma, Rosario Isasi, Marianna A. Tryfonidou, Annelien L. Bredenoord

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Background: The perspectives of researchers and patients regarding roles and responsibilities in stem cell research are rarely studied, but these could offer insights about responsible research conduct. Method: We have conducted a qualitative study consisting of focus groups with both early- (n = 7) and late-career stem cell researchers (n = 11) that are primarily based in Europe, and with Dutch patients with chronic lower back pain (n = 9). These focus groups have been analyzed thematically. Results: Four themes were identified: 1) roles and responsibilities in the laboratory, 2) responsibilities of and toward patients and the public, 3) the role of regulation and 4) structural hurdles for responsibility. Discussion: The results suggest that responsible research conduct could be improved by addressing grant application procedures, publication pressure and by providing support of dissemination activities for researchers. Conclusion: Responsibility in stem cell research could be enhanced by embracing open science initiatives and targeted training.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)445-449
Number of pages5
JournalRegenerative Medicine
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2022

Bibliographical note

Financial & competing interests disclosure
This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation program iPSpine under grant agreement no. 825925. MAT receives funding from the Dutch Arthritis Society (LLP22) and is a scientific advisor of SentryX. The authors have no other relevant affiliations or financial involvement with any organization or entity with a financial interest in or financial conflict with the subject matter or materials discussed in the manuscript apart from those disclosed.
No writing assistance was utilized in the production of this manuscript.

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